El Nido ("the nest" in Spanish) is our
transitional living program for homeless victims of domestic violence and
their families. Located in
central San Diego, in a confidential site for safety reasons, the project
offers stability in housing while allowing the residents to offer
emotional support to each other and less isolation during this stressful
time in their lives. It also
is respectful of residents' autonomy and provides as close to a real-life
scenario as possible.
Residents live in an 11-unit apartment complex for up
to a year or more and, with the assistance of social workers, obtain the
counseling, child care, employment, educational, and transportation
services they need to become self-sufficient. Each of the
units was beautifully furnished by a local congregation.
El Nido is a 12-18 month transitional living program for domestic violence
The apartment complex is
a confidential and secure location.
Each family is housed in
a fully furnished El Nido apartment.
Local Congregations have
adopted each apartment to maintain furnishings.
El Nido provides an
on-site Children's Enrichment Program, Computer Tutor & Art Classes.
Work or go to school for
35 hours a week.
30% of income in rent & 25 % in savings.
Attend a weekly therapy
session, case management session, Domestic Violence support Group and
monthly House meetings.
Obtain child-care to
complete program requirements.
Follow a structured case
Attend mandatory events
throughout the year including but not limited to a 2 day camping trip and
a 1 day team-building session.
Be able to live
independently in own apartment while following a structured program.
Be a respectful neighbor.
to be on the El Nido Wait List:
Women who have recently
left a domestic violence relationship.
Women who meet the HUD
guidelines for being homeless.
Women who have their
children living with them.
Women who have an income
Women who are clean &
sober for at least 6 months.
Women who have been
working with a case manager.
you know of someone who qualifies for El Nido, please have them call us at
(619) 563-9878 to complete a phone screening.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I'm interested in the El Nido Program. What do I
A: Call El Nido Program office at (619) 563-9878 and the staff will
complete a phone screening with you and describe the program in detail.
Q: Does everyone who applies for the El Nido
Program get accepted?
A: Unfortunately, not everyone can be accepted. We have to consider how
many openings we have and your family size. We also want to make sure that
as a program we can provide you and your children with the services you
need. Some families are not appropriate for this program and can be better
served through a different program.
Q: How long does the application/screening process
A: The process takes a minimum of three weeks to complete.
Q: If I am accepted into El Nido, how long can I stay
in the program?
A: The program is a one to two year program depending on your individual
goals and your continued commitment towards following your case plan. Your
case plan will be established with your case manager once you enter the